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Okinawa Home Tour

Okay friends, I promised an updated home tour last month so instead of a monthly recap, I’m sharing our Okinawa Home Tour a couple of days late.  Last month was all about Halloween and we are over that anyways, right?home-tour-okinawa

Welcome to our Okinawa rental!


We have a fantastic foyer that has built in bookcases and shoe cabinets.  It’s awesome.


This is the spot in the house where I showcase a lot of different colors.  The color coded books set the tone. Read more on how to style the bookcases in a rental!


The floral paper lantern was a summer DIY (It’s a super fun and easy tutorial! ) but I’ve kept it out most of the year because of how cheery it is!


One of the easiest and cheapest wall treatments I’ve ever done, is this DIY fan wall with dollar store fans.

foyer with fans on the wall, rug, and upholstered bench

As you come around the corner, the house opens up into my office nook, our living room, and kitchen/dining room. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Find out how I covered ugly rental obstacles with creative art displays for this pretty office space.  I tell you what,  I’m becoming the queen of small space decorating ideas! 😉

The living room also serves as my piano studio.  I can’t live without my baby grand and it has traveled all over the world with us. SONY DSC living-room-wide-e1442217748207SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Our house if full of windows and with white floors and walls, it’s bright most of the day.   Great for taking pictures and working on DIYs!  Not so great for pet hair and kid messes. SONY DSC

Our kitchen went through a pretty major makeover (rental friendly!) with contact paper covered cabinets and new hardware.  Even the built in china cabinet received some love with washi and construction paper.
SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC The biggest impact DIYs for this space were the “dollar store” china cabinet makeover“dollar store” fridge plate magnets, and an IKEA canister hack for beautiful copper and chalkboard kitchen storage.

The kitchen took a whole new turn when I participated in the One Room Challenge and featured removable floral wallpaper on my cabinets!  kitchen cabinets with removable wall paper removable-wallpaper-kitchen-cabinets. readers favorites renter friendly kitchen table set makeover with colorblocking

The house also has two full bathrooms and a laundry rooms.  The two baths are pretty much the same.  A separate sink area and a deep Japanese bathtub.  UpToDateInteriors-7-of-24-e1430215120978



UpToDateInteriors-2-of-24-e1430215481463 UpToDateInteriors-3-of-24-e1430215505244 UpToDateInteriors-22-of-24-e1430215667894We have three bedrooms.  My daughter’s room was one of the first to be done.  We had to use government issued furniture but we don’t even mind it after I turned it into a bright and colorful spaceSONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Our son’s room is still a work in progress but it’s getting there….

The last room I want to share is our master bedroom.  It has a walk out balcony over looking the Pacific ocean and a large walk in closet.  It’s heaven. SONY DSC


Whew!  That was a lot of pictures and I still have the downstairs bath/laundry and our son’s room to finish and share.

I hope you enjoyed our Okinawan home tour.  We really enjoy it here and thank God everyday for this wonderful opportunity to live on such a beautiful island.kathy-signature


  1. You are the queen of decorating small spaces! Your apartment looks great. I’ve been to Japan and know how small the rooms are. You’ve done an amazing job of making it your own space and incorporating some of the Japanese culture! Thanks for letting us see your new home.

    1. Thank you so much Meg! I have a problem with pillows but at least I now make/purchase just pillow covers with the exception of Tom and Harry. lol

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